This post might be my most contentious.
Seems that, for me, Madmen didn’t live up to the hype.
I made it through an episode but that’s possibly as far as it will go. After the fish pedicure, this might be the second challenge that I don’t repeat.
I was surprised to find this. After catching the morning after debates in the office for the past year and watching the eager exchange of DVDs, I was waiting to be blown away and instantly hooked –
I could, after it was pointed out to me, see the skill in perfectly capturing another era but…
I’ve been trying to work out what didn’t do it for me.
Possibly, it was the fact that I didn’t warm to the characters which meant that I didn’t really invest in – or care about – what was going on. Plus, I didn’t find a lot in the style of the show that was designed to take my discomfort away. This could, of course, have been the point…
Probably, I am a lazy and inexperienced viewer, and the refusal to make sense (to me) or feed my desire for action/comedy/someone covering a song badly/edge-of-the-seat suspense left me feeling unsatisfied. Or I just saw an episode that was lacking in these points.
Maybe my expectation of high speed madcap style adventures was so far from the reality that I couldn’t reconcile the two?
Or, maybe I’ll come to it 10 years after everyone else, as I did with 24 and Lost, and completely understand why it created so much buzz….
Guess I’ll have to wait and see 😉